The annual growth is equivalent to 16,100 additional students, the report found.The UK accounted for the majority of people continuing their studies with 463,700, followed by 39,000 from outside of the EU and 29,300 from within the EU. However, the EU generated the highest increase with 11 per cent year-on-year, followed by the UK with 2.8 per cent and outside of the EU with just 1.9 per cent. 2015 has also been a big year for educational disruption on the whole. There has been a greater focus on a digital education as teachers claimed it can improve exam scores, for example. Peter Kelly, MD, Virgin Media Business, said: “Not only does tech support teachers and improves their ability to teach, but it also unlocks pupils’ creativity and ultimately improves grades.” Continuing on that theme, exam board AQA introduced Tech-levels to provide more options to young people and also with a view to bridge skills gaps. This year also resulted in George Osborne issuing an apprenticeship levy during the Spending Review, while Barclays welcomed senior apprentices and Microsoft, Halfords and British Airways were among the many firms to generate 23,000 apprenticeships. The UCAS study also found that a record 1.9m offers were made to students by universities and 384,100 got into their first choice – more than ever before.
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